Art Deco 1910-1939, by Tim Benton
With its breathtaking illustrations, this lavish volume is the definitive book on what is, arguably, the most popular style of the 20th century.
Its influence was ubiquitous: it transformed the skylines of cities as diverse as New York and Shanghai; it touched the design of everything - from cinemas and Hollywood films to the packaging of cigarettes, from evening wear and accessories to luxury liners and locomotives. It was the style of hedonism, of indulgence, of mass consumption.
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The books use of rare and unashamedly precious materials was a reminder of the wealth of empires, whilst its geometric imagery celebrated urban modernity and the experience of modernity worldwide. This volume brings together nearly 40 essays from leading experts in the field to discuss the phenomenon that was Art Deco.
After an introductory section which looks at the definition and scope of the style, and locates it historically within the early 20th century, Part 2 explores its sources and iconography; Part 3 reviews the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs, held in Paris, which marked the high point of Deco in Europe while providing the catalyst for its wider spread and development; Part 4 traces that development both through Europe and through the various media, from architecture to fashion, that fell in thrall to its modern imperative and Part 5 traces its spread into America, India and beyond.